James Johnson, Jr., Chair
 
900 North Ashley Drive
Tampa, Florida 33602
James Martin, Jr., Vice-Chair
William Scheuerle, Secretary
 
Phone: (813) 273-3660
Fax: (813) 273-3707

Tampa-Hillsborough Public Library Board

MINUTES FROM THE MAY 27, 2004 PUBLIC LIBRARY BOARD MEETING
ROBERT W. SAUNDERS, SR. PUBLIC LIBRARY, 4-6PM

CALL TO ORDER:

Ms. Vickers called the meeting to order at 4:00 p.m. A quorum was present.

ROLL CALL AND ATTENDANCE OF STAFF & SPECIAL GUESTS:

Library Board Members Present:
Laura Vickers, Kay O'Rourke,
Ted Corwin, Alma Hires, Dora Reeder
James Martin, James Harkins
Sandra Cameron, Jim Johnson
Helen Swisshelm, and William Scheuerle
Library Board Excused:
Absent: Margaret Fisher




Library Staff Present:
Marcee Challener, Interim Director, Library Services
Linda Gillon, Manager, Programming;
David Wullschleger, Manager, Operations
Jackie Zebos, Manager, Administrative & Reference Services

Chief Librarians; Suzy George, Janet Lorenzo, and Anne Ross
Nancy Becker, Administrative Services Librarian
Sheryl Herold, Accountant
Barbara Marquette, Senior Executive Secretary
 

Special Guests:
Terry Cullen, Hillsborough County Planning Commission
Eric Johnson, Director, Hillsborough County Mangement & Budget Department
Kevin Brickey, Economist, Hillsborough County Management & Budget Department

Members of the Public:

Malcolm Gilbert, North Tampa Neighborhood Association expressed his concern regarding the North Tampa Public
Library expansion being delayed by other projects. David Wullschleger responded that the Real Estate staff is in
negotiations with the property owner of the adjacent land and that all looks very favorable.

APPROVAL OF THE LIBRARY BOARD April 22, 2004 MINUTES

Mrs. Swissehlm moved that the minutes be approved. Mr. Harkins seconded. The minutes were approved.

CHAIRMAN'S REPORT

None.

PRESENTATIONS FROM THE PUBLIC/SPECIAL GUESTS:


Terry Cullen, Hillsborough County Planning Commission made a presentation on behalf of the Sulphur Springs Action League requesting library services for the Sulphur Springs area. Diana Kyle from the Local Initiative Support Corporation, a nation wide non-profit foundation, is interested in working with Sulphur Springs.

Eric Johnson, Director, Management and Budget Department and economist, Kevin Brickey highlighted information from the Library Proforma. The County is currently in the update process for the second year of the two year budget. Mr. Brickey distributed copies of the Proforma for the library taxing district stating that the starting point of the Proforma takes into account in FY05 decreased state aid and the reduction of taxable values in the county and faster ad valorem growth and faster property growth in FY05 than anticipated. The Proforma does not include any future plans from the Library Master Plan. It does include currently funded expansions. Over a five year period the Proforma shows $12.3 million cumulative surplus in FY09 if the Library doesn't change its pattern of spending.

Mr. Johnson stated that there is a ballot initiative called “Families for Lower Property Taxes” it is a proposal to double the homestead exemption from $25,000 to $50,000. At this point it looks like a valid initiative and it may be on the statewide ballot in November. If the initiative passes one in six households in the community will not pay any property taxes. The five year impact of this double homestead, if the milage rate is not increased, is a loss of $14.1 million. The Library Taxing District would lose 10% of its tax base, ($3.2 million per year) effective FY06 however; the BOCC has the capacity to raise the milage rates to offset the impact. In order to offset the impact in the three funds affected the BOCC would have to raise the milage rate by 1.57 mills. The Library Taxing District's percentage of the milage is .07 mills.

COMMITTEE REPORTS:

BUDGET COMMITTEE:

May budget review - no questions were raised.

Chair, Bill Scheuerle stated the Library received $34,000 from the Gates Foundation.

Upper Tampa Bay and South County have been awarded State Construction funds of $500,000 each.

The Budget Committee made the recommendation to the Board that Library Administration work with the appropriate personnel from other areas to come up with a feasibility study for the placement of some type of library services in the Sulphur Springs area. There is no limitation on what those services could be.

NOMINATING COMMITTEE:

Ms. Vickers asked for volunteers for the Nominating Committee. Dr. Scheuerle, Ms. Swisshelm, and Mr. Johnson volunteered. They will report to the Library Board at the June meeting.

PLANNING COMMITTEE:

Co-Chairs, Sandra Cameron and Kay O'Rourke. Mrs. Cameron stated that the Planning Committee is recommending the same thing and would like to schedule a joint meeting of the Budget and Planning Committees before the July board meeting.

The Committee asked staff to conduct an analysis of services for rural areas of the County.

POLICIES & BYLAWS COMMITTEE:

Chair, Alma Hires stated that at their last meeting staff was asked to send letters to the three persons who's names were submitted for the naming of the West Tampa Library community room. The committee received two responses today and the committee will report at the next Library Board meeting.

The Committee has requested a town meeting be held in Brandon to give citizens an opportunity to voice their opinions on the naming of the South Brandon Library. Staff will organize the meeting.

Revisions to the Bylaws were discussed and should be completed at their next meeting. Ms. Swisshelm asked if the revised Bylaws could be sent out prior to the next Library Board meeting in order to give the members time to review the changes. Ms. Davidson will provide a draft for staff to mail.

INTERNET USE SUBCOMMITTEE:

None.

SCHEDULING ADHOC COMMITTEE:

None.

PUBLIC ART:

None.

UNFINISHED BUSINESS:

Ms. Vickers asked Ms. Davidson for a report on Non-Profit Organizations and the Library Board. Ms. Davidson stated that she reviewed the laws regarding charitable funds, Florida Statute Chapter 496.403 states that it does not apply to governmental agencies, persons, or organizations who solicit solely on behalf of those governmental agencies.

Ms. Swisshelm stated that under Section 5 of the Special Act, titled Duties of the Library Board #10 is to promote and solicit donations and contributions for the public library system and to develop policies governing acceptance of such donations. Ms. Swisshelm asked whether we had such policies. Ms. Challener stated that the library has policies regarding donations but they are not applicable to this situation. Ms. Vickers stated that this issue needs to go to Committee for discussion. Ms. Davidson will research other organizations, agencies, and libraries for their policies.

NEW BUSINESS:

None.

DIRECTOR'S REPORT:

Ms. Challener stated that a new Assistant County Administrator has been named. Mannis O'Donnell is from the Baltimore area and has held a commiserate type of job. Mr. O'Donnell will take office on June 28, 2004. Mr. Stines is expected back at the library in mid June.

Ms. Challener stated that the West Gate Art, Wine and Music event was a fabulous event that raised $1,200 for the Friends.

The Kid City event went very well. Ms. Vickers sent letters of appreciation to the staff members who worked at this event.

ANNOUNCEMENTS:

Budget - Tuesday, June 15, 2004 - 1:00 p.m. at the John F. Germany Public Library

Planning - Tuesday, June 15, 2004 - 2:00 p.m. at the John F. Germany Public Library

Policy & Bylaws - Thursday, June 24, 2004 - 2:30 p.m. at the John F. Germany Public Library

Library Board - Thursday, June 24, 2004 - 4:00 p.m. at the John F. Germany Public Library

ADJOURNMENT:

The meeting was adjourned at 6:00 p.m.

Next Library Board Meeting:
         Date: June 24, 2004
         Time: 4pm-6pm
         Location: John F. Germany Library

                 - Unless notified otherwise


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